Saturday, December 31, 2011

Man With Carry-On Filled With Explosives Stopped By TSA in Midland, Texas

Patrol Officer and Explosive Ordnance Technician Dylan Hale, left, secures an explosives transport box to the back of a vehicle to be taken to a storage facility, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the Midland International Airport in Midland, Texas. The military-grade explosives were confiscated from a departing passenger. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Heather Leiphart) Photo: Heather Leiphart / Odessa American

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) -- A man was detained Saturday after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping, federal and local officials said.
The man was stopped at a security checkpoint at the Midland International Airport about 9 a.m. and taken into custody by the FBI, they said.
City of Midland spokeswoman Tasa Watts said she had no information on the suspect but the explosives were wrapped in military-grade wrapping. She said the specific grade won't be known until the explosives are tested.
The Transportation Security Administration issued a statement saying one of its officers spotted a suspicious item in a carry-on bag during X-ray screening. It said the checkpoint was closed for about an hour while officers investigated and removed the item.

Good job TSA! You finally did something right, and you didn't even have to remove an elderly woman's back brace in order to protect flyers. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cowgirls Git It Dun

Check out these amazing pictures of cowgirls, courtesy of Miss Moss' archival searches of LIFE magazine.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rains Bring Texas Some Relief, But Not Enough

It rained a lot this week, which has been great for our seriously parched state. A half-year of this week's weather — a near impossibility — could be enough to just barely take us out of the current drought, said Bob Rose, the chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority. Not to mention what it would do to morale. Ugh.

The Austin-American Statesman reports, "While the recent rain hasn't replenished lakes and other waterways, Central Texas has benefited from unusually high amounts of rainfall amid a dry La NiƱa weather pattern. Pastures have begun to green, and burn zones have started sprouting plant life, avoiding dangerous erosion of the loose soil. However, the rain is nowhere near what meteorologists have said it would take to get Central Texas out of a drought: a handful of heavy, 4- to 5-inch rains."

So though your front yard looks the best its been all year, Lake Travis is still on the seriously low side. Keep on praying, or whatever.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Want to know what it's like to be in Austin during the holidays? This link sends you under the lights at Zilker Park (click and hold - and don't forget to "look" up!):

Under the Zilker lights

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rick Perry's Campaign Goes Horribly, Horribly Wrong

If you haven't yet seen this campaign ad for Rick Perry, prepare yourself to be appalled. As of viewing, the video has 266,225 YouTube dislikes and only 5,695 likes.

Rick Perry, you are surely misguided. There is no war on religion, and there never has been. But there has always been a seperation of church and state, and if a parent wants their child to have religious instruction, then they can pay for their child to go to religious schools. As long as public schools are federally funded, they will continue to abide by the Constitutional law.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't faith that made America strong - no, that was manufacturing. Which is incidentally why we're on the decline now, because greedy corporations decided to outsource it for cheap labor.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Salty Texas

Does your state have it's own tortilla chips?

Stop SOPA, Y'all

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites-- they just have to convince a judge that the site is "dedicated to copyright infringement."

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that's for a fix that won't work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.